Archives Element

09/01/2023

As part of Avada Layouts, we created a series of Dynamic Elements that help generate content in the Content Layout Section of a Layout. These are called Layout Elements. The first of these is the Archive Element.

How To Use The Archives Element

The Archives Element allows you to place archives content anywhere in a Content Layout Section, in any Layout.

When you go to add an Element in a Content Layout Section, the Element dialog opens in a new tab called Layout Elements. This is where you will find the Archives Element. These dynamic Elements can only be placed once into a Layout, with the exception of the Pagination Element, which can be placed twice. You can also use the full range of Design Elements when building your Layout.

The Archives Element can be placed anywhere in you Layout Section, and will dynamically pull Archives Content into the page, based on the settings in the Element, and the Conditions set in the Layout. For example, you might choose a Masonry Layout in the Archives Element, and set the condition for the Layout only to display on Portfolio Archives.

NB. With a Layout that has conditions showing Archives content, but where a Content Layout Section has not been specified, the Archive Layout comes from the relevant Theme Options – i.e General Blog > Blog Archives Layout, and General Portfolio > Portfolio Archives Layout.

See below for an example of the Archives Element in a Category Layout, displaying in a three column Grid, on the Interior Design Demo. Follow this link for a live example.

Example of the Archives Element
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Element Options

Location: The edit screen within each Element.

Within each of the Elements, you will see a tab or tabs that house an array of options that make it possible for you to configure each Element independently, and greatly enhance your flexibility and creative options.

Note: Please note that the displayed options screens below show ALL the available options for the element. If you have Avada’s Option Network Dependencies turned on, you will only see options relevant to your selections, and so the options screen may look somewhat different.

General Tab

  • Posts Per Page –Select number of posts per page. Set to -1 to display all. Set to 0 to use number of posts from Settings > Reading.

  • Content Display – Controls if the content displays as an excerpt or full content or is completely disabled.

  • Excerpt Length – Insert the number of words/characters you want to show in the excerpt.

  • Strip HTML from Posts Content – Choose to strip HTML from the post content.

  • Show Meta Info – Choose to show all meta data.

  • Show Author Name – Choose to show the author.

  • Show Categories – Choose to show the categories.

  • Show Comment Count – Choose to show the comments.

  • Show Date – Choose to show the date.

  • Show Read More Link – Choose to show the Read More link.

  • Show Tags – Choose to show the tags.

  • Pagination Type – Choose the type of pagination.

  • Nothing Found Message – Replacement text when no results are found. * Dynamic Content Option.

  • MarginIn pixels or percentage, ex: 10px or 10%.

  • Element Visibility – Allows you to control the Element’s visibility. Choose one or more between Small Screen, Medium Screen, or Large Screen.

  • CSS Class – Allows you to add a class for the Element.

  • CSS ID – Allows you to add an ID for the Element.

Design Tab

  • Layout – Select the layout for the element. Choose from Large, Medium, Large Alternate, Medium Alternate, Grid, Timeline, and Masonry.

  • Masonry Image Aspect RatioSet the ratio to decide when an image should become landscape (ratio being width : height) and portrait (ratio being height : width). IMPORTANT: The value of “1.0” represents a special case, which will use the auto calculated ratios like in versions prior to Avada 5.5.

  • Masonry 2×2 WidthThis option decides when a square 1×1 image should become 2×2. This will not apply to images that highly favor landscape or portrait layouts. IMPORTANT: There is a “Masonry Image Layout” setting for every image in the WP media library that allows you to manually set how an image will appear (1×1, landscape, portrait or 2×2), regardless of the original ratio. In pixels.

  • Number of ColumnsControls the number of columns for grid layouts.

  • Column SpacingControls the column spacing.

  • Equal HeightsSet to yes to display grid boxes with equal heights per row.

  • Show Thumbnail – Displays featured image.

  • Content AlignmentControls the alignment of contents.

  • Grid Box ColorControls the background color for the grid boxes.

  • Grid Element ColorControls the color of borders/date box/timeline dots and arrows for the grid boxes.

  • Grid Separator StyleControls the line style of grid separators. NOTE: Separators will display, when excerpt/content or meta data below the separators is displayed.

  • Grid Separator ColorControls the line style color of grid separators.

  • Grid Text PaddingControls the padding for text when using grid / masonry or timeline layout. Enter values including any valid CSS unit, ex: 30px, 25px, 0px, 25px.

Global Options

Layout Elements do not have any Global Options.

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